Writing Groups

To contact the Writing Groups co-ordinator, use the form below.

About the writing groups

Do you ever wish you had an interested audience with whom to share your writing?  Someone who will listen, make comments beyond, ‘That’s great!’ when you know it’s not?

Participants of Writing Groups share their work, read what others are writing, make comments and learn from the informed opinions of fellow members of the Society of Women Writers—without moving from their living rooms.

How the groups operate

A writing group consists of approximately eight writers, including the editor or leader of the group, whose monthly submissions are combined into a journal, a word document, and circulated amongst members by email. Each member, in turn, receives the journal, reads the contributions, makes her comments and, within four days, emails the journal to the next person on the list. The journal finally comes back to the editor who returns the original contributions, together with comments.

Do I have to be an accomplished writer?

Members of the group are usually at different levels of accomplishment. Beginning writers benefit from the knowledge of those more experienced. The enthusiasm of the new writer encourages those who are inclined to procrastinate. At first, it may seem daunting to produce a short critique for each piece of writing within four days, but most members find it advantageous working to a deadline. Comments are helpful and encouraging.

What genres are included?

There are presently two writing groups –  Perennial Poets, a poetry only group and Spring to which submissions can be prose of any genre – fiction, nonfiction, memoir and articles – or poetry.  Prose to a maximum of 2000 words.    Should you wish to submit writing that is longer than 2000 words please serialise over a few months.  For poetry, two pages only: one poem per page or one two page poem.

What format should I use?

All contributions should be submitted to the group editor as a Word document with wide margins.  Always use one of the basic fonts such as Times New Roman 12 point. For prose, double or one and a half spacing, to allow easy reading.

The group’s editor will advise the date your submission is due, usually the 20th of the month.

What does it cost?

Society members who participate in a Writing Group pay an additional $10 per year to cover costs.

Members of Writing Groups get together on the 3rd Saturday each January and June. These photographs were taken at Time Out in Federation Square January 2019. All photographs taken by Meryl Tobin except the middle photograph of the top row.  Click on one of them to start the slide show.